Bruins Run Past #11 Georgia
Nov. 25, 2005
Westchester, CA - UCLA outscored 11th ranked Georgia 11-2 to end the first half and 12-2 to start the second half on the way to an 84-64 victory in the first round of the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Loyola Marymount. Senior guard Lisa Willis led the way for the Bruins, who won their first game of the season, with 29 points and seven rebounds. The 29 points were two shy of her career-high of 31 points scored in a game at California in February of 2004.
The Bruins used the 11-2 burst at the end of the first half to take a 46-30 halftime advantage, its biggest margin of the half. UCLA had opened up a 21-15 lead at the 12:20 mark of the first half thanks to the inside play of Amanda Livingston, who scored eight points, and Lindsey Pluimer, who added four. UCLA led 25-23 with 8:02 to play in the half before the Bruins' Triple Threat of Willis, Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn took over the contest. Quinn scored eight points during the stretch while Willis added seven and Blue six as UCLA outscored UGA 21-7 before the intermission.
UCLA took a 58-32 lead at the 14:56 mark of the second half on a jump shot by Willis, completing a 12-2 run at the start of the second half. Georgia narrowed the gap to 18 on two occasions, the last coming at the 9:49 mark, but never got closer. Guard Sherill Baker led the Lady Bulldogs, who fell to 2-2 on the season, with 14 points.Willis' 29-point effort led five Bruins in double figures scoring. Blue finished with 13 points, Pluimer with 12, Quinn with 11 and Livingston had 10. UCLA won the battle of the boards 37-31 and shot 54.5% for the game.
UCLA, now 1-2 on the season, will meet the winner of the Charlotte versus LMU game on Saturday at 5 p.m at Loyola's Gersten Pavilion. The Bruins return home to host UC Irvine on Nov. 30 in Pauley Pavilion.